UNION – Senior southpaw Nick Cesare (South Plainfield) went the distance as Kean used the longball to defeat FDU College at Florham, 11-2, Tuesday afternoon in a misty Jim Hynes Stadium.
Cesare (3-0) allowed just four singles while striking out seven and walking two to help the #6/7 Cougars improve to 10-4. Sophomore Matt Mizerek (Matawan) suffered the loss for FDU-Florham. He fell to 2-2 as he allowed six runs on six hits in six innings of work.
The Cougars opened the scoring in their half of the third as freshman Steve Nappe (Edison) led off the inning with a double. After a successful sacrifice by catcher Eddie Jennings (Jackson) moved him to third, sophomore Ryan Gibbons (Glen Rock) grounded out to record the game’s first run. After back-to-back singles by Dylan Laguna (Edison) and Dave Zavistoski (Edison, N.J.), senior Mike Moceri (Yardville) launched his third homerun of the season to put Kean ahead 4-0.
Trailing 5-0, the Devils (8-3) got on the board with two runs in the fifth. With two outs, FDU-Florham recorded back-to-back singles and moved the runners to second and third with a double steal. Senior Chris Baldino (Old Bridge) drove them home with a two RBI single to right-center.
That would be the only runs that Cesare would give up, allowing just one walk the rest of the way.
Offensively sophomore Lee Cavico (North Brunswick) was 2-for-3 with a homerun and two runs scored while junior Nick Nolan (Linden) was 1-for-4 with a two run shot. Freshman Sean Kelly (North Bergen) came up with a two RBI pinch-hit single, while Jennings was 2-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice.
Kean heads to play Farmingdale State College on today at 3:30 p.m.
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